Friday, April 12, 2013
Terrance Teifer, 63, began his career in public service in Trenton as a school board member in 1977. He has never lost an election.
Councilman Terrence Teifer, 63, won't run for reelection in November after 24 years on Trenton City Council. To better understand his decision to not run for reelection, Trenton-Grosse Ile spoke with Teifer in a recent interview. Here are the questions asked by editor Nate Stemen followed by Teifer's answers: Why not run for reelection in November 2013? I just felt it’s time. I'm going to be 64 this October, and I'm starting to think about retiring (as chief financial officer for the Airport Authority at Detroit Metro Airport). I'm not sure when I'm retiring, but it's going to be in the middle of the next term. My wife is retired and she has plans for me. If I were planning on traveling after retirement, we (city council) meet almost every…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Trenton City Council meetings stopped rebroadcasting on the city's cable channel in October 2012.
Trenton City Council meetings are expected to be back on television Tuesday. An equipment failure has prevented city officials from rebroadcasting the meetings on the city's cable channel since October 2012. Council members approved a recommendation to order equipment and installation services from Advanced Lighting and Sound for about $12,300 last Monday. IT Director Theresa Monthei said she had not received resident complaints about the interruption in rebroadcasts. The city's cable channel is channel 12 with Comcast limited basic cable. Live broadcasts still are available on the city's cable channel during meetings. Broadcasts are also available anytime on the city's website and on YouTube. Have you missed the rebroadcast of the Trenton…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Officials created a new ordinance that would put several restrictions on tethering dogs in Trenton.
Officials voted in favor of a new ordinance that places more restrictions on dog tethering in the City of Trenton. The new ordinance, which made it past the first reading Monday, must be voted on once more before it becomes an active city ordinance. A Downriver animal cruelty group called C.H.A.I.N.E.D., Continuing Helping Animals In Need & Educating Dog owners, inspired Ordinance 768 at a city council meeting on Jan. 22. An ordinance similar to the one proposed in Trenton was recently passed in Woodhaven. Woodhaven Mayor Patty Odette is a volunteer for the group and attended the January meeting. "These people (C.H.A.I.N.E.D.) are unsung heroes," Odette said. "They're out in the middle if the night. They're out in freezing cold. They're …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Local hockey coach Kurt Montroy died on Dec. 3. He left behind a wife and three children. He was 49 years old.
Trenton city officials including Mayor Kye Stack have rallied behind a local family grieving the loss of a cherished family member. Local hockey coach Kurt Montroy died Dec. 3. He left behind a wife and three children. He was 49 years old. Trenton City Council members MaryEllen McLeod and Timber Baun-Crooks have begun supporting an upcoming fundraiser, but are currently lacking items needed for a silent-auction. McLeod said all items are welcome including items like sports memorabilia, gift baskets and gift cards to local businesses. Baun-Crooks and McLeod made a call out Monday for as many donated items as possible. "We will take anything we can get," Baun-Crooks said. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser has been scheduled from noon to 5 p.m …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Trenton City Council members voiced their opinions Monday night about the canceled construction project at the former Riverside Hospital property.
With planned development of the former Riverside Hospital site now called off, Trenton City Council members voiced their frustrations at Monday night’s meeting. Councilman Timothy Taylor did not mince words when expressing his anger with Henry Ford Health System, which currently has deed restrictions on the dilapidated property, keeping current owner Iqbal Nasir from building what could be considered a competing medical facility. “All those damn restrictions need to be lifted so that place can be developed, this is garbage,” Taylor said. “Once more they stuck it up our butts by their inaction. It’s no fault of anybody here, but they’ve been sitting on that property. Even though they don’t own it any longer, they’ve kept their arm in it …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Property owner Iqbal Nasir told Mayor Kyle Stack that he no longer plans to go through with construction on a skilled nursing center and assisted living facility.
Following months of delay due to a property deed restriction, it appears the planned construction project at the former Riverside Hospital site will not go forward. Property owner Iqbal Nasir was not in attendance at Monday’s Trenton City Council meeting, despite an invitation to be there, but Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack said she spoke with him last Thursday. Stack said that Nasir told her he would no longer go through with a planned $13 million, yearlong construction project that was to include a skilled nursing center and assisted living facility. The project was to be known as Riverside Commons. Nasir told Stack that an attempt at a deed modification by Henry Ford Health System, the property’s former owner, was not acceptable. Although …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A new city manager was hired by the City of Trenton to fill store fronts with viable businesses.
Council members voted in favor of hiring a new city manager for the low, low price of $1 at the Trenton City Council meeting Monday night. An urban development professor at Wayne State University, Benjamin Tallerico, will work on behalf of the City of Trenton to help promote Trenton business and to fill store fronts with viable businesses, according to Mayor Kyle Stack. Tallerico offered his services and expertise to help set up an economic plan for the city. Wayne State University students may also get involved in improving the city's economic success as unpaid interns on the project. "I feel this will be a great opportunity to move forward with this effort," Stack said.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Hundreds of local sellers peddle bottle rockets, Roman candles and other dazzlers for summer revelry.
Get set for a loud and lively fireworks season as dozens of new sales outlets take advantage of a relaxed state law in effect this year. Now that consumers can buy airborne fireworks without leaving Michigan, more than 200 retail sales permits have been issued to temporary sites and stores around Metro Detroit, MLive Media Group reports. Macomb tops the list with 86 sellers, followed by Oakland (61), Wayne (70) and Livingston (38). Some have colorful names – such as Thunderking in Rochester Hills, Red Dragon in Shelby Township and TNT Fireworks in Royal Oak. Others are generic tents, sprouting like carnivals as a sign of the season. Churches benefit from sales at sites in Royal Oak and White Lake. It became legal this year to sell bottle …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Though a budget has been approved, contract negotiations between city administrators and police and fire continue.
Trenton City Council members approved the 2012-13 budget Monday night at Trenton City Hall, which will likely jumpstart contract negotiations with police and fire according to City Administrator Jim Wagner. Though the budget itself does not include layoffs, Wagner said layoffs could still be possible. "There are no layoffs at the present time," Wagner said. "If we get contracts that are workable, and based upon the assumptions of the budget, there will be no layoffs." Wagner added he and other Trenton officials have set meetings with police and fire personnel to try to come to an agreement. To balance the budget after a $3.1 million shortfall council members included a tax increase of three mills. The increase would be the equivalent of …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
City officials will present the 2012-13 budget proposal to Trenton City Council members for approval on May 21.
One of the strongest points in the 2012-13 budget proposal is the fact that there are no lay offs according to Trenton City Administrator Jim Wagner. The budget proposal will be presented to Trenton City Council members for approval on May 21 at Trenton City Hall. Wagner said city officials and council members were able to come to an agreement on several issues, resulting in a balanced budget at a public budget hearing Monday night. "We worked together as a team," Wagner said. "Mayor Pro-tem (Terrence Teifer) did a very commendable job in bringing all of us together." The budget requires taking $250,000 from the fund balance, but Wagner said the important thing is that people get to keep their jobs. "We made some general fund assumptions …